Corporate sector demand for renewable energy remains strong

first_imgCorporate sector demand for renewable energy remains strong FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenBiz:While the pace of announced corporate renewable energy contracts slowed slightly in the second quarter compared with the first three months of 2018, large companies disclosed deals representing almost 1,500 megawatts of capacity.So far, big businesses have been involved in 31 transactions for clean power this year (not including onsite generation), the same as for all of 2017, according to data gathered by GreenBiz and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). Indeed, the aggregate amount of electricity represented by those purchase agreements was only slightly less than last year’s total.The biggest single U.S. deal of the quarter was announced by AT&T — its 300 MW virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) covering two wind farms in Texas brings the total capacity of contracts announced this year by the telecommunications giant to a whopping 820 MW.The second largest contract of the second quarter came outside the United States. Facebook’s 294 MW transaction for three contiguous Norwegian wind farms with asset manager Luxcara represents its biggest European deal to date. The project, when it becomes operational in the fourth quarter of 2019, will add more than 1 million megawatt-hours of renewable electricity to Norway’s grid on an annual basis.The second quarter also brought a milestone for utility renewable energy programs, with Georgia Power’s deal to bring online 177 MW of solar electricity in order to satisfy the clean power procurement requirements of four large companies: Google; Walmart; Target; and Johnson & Johnson. The arrangement was made possible through the approval of the utility’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which committed the utility to adding 1.6 GW of new solar, wind and other renewable resources by 2021. The commitments by the group of four were necessary to help keep prices stable for other Georgia Power customers.The second quarter also demonstrated that creative arrangements for smaller chunks of capacity are becoming more common, said Kevin Haley, program manager for BRC. “More developers are willing to work with the corporate buyer to make things happen,” he said. “We see the market evolving to accommodate.”More: Clean energy deal tracker: AT&T, Facebook and Walmart stand out in another strong quarterlast_img read more

Drivers Start Your Engines, Finally

first_imgMost teams are based in the Charlotte area and are expected to return to work this week as essentialbusinesses. Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, said that NASCAR can go forward with the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway without fans in attendance, unless health conditions deteriorate in the state. Cooper said he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway regarding safety protocols for staging the race. “We believe that unless health conditions go down, we believe we can hold the Coca-Cola 600,” he said.He also said NASCAR should have an announcement later this week.Here’s the schedule NASCAR provided Cup teams this week for May and June.It includes two races each at Darlington and Charlotte, and events at Martinsville, Bristol, Atlanta and Miami. There are three Wednesday races on this schedule too.— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) April 28, 2020last_img read more

Betway Ghana warns customers about scammers

first_imgBetway Ghana, the leading online sports betting company, is warning its valued customers against free bets scam that it says has been going on.In a statement, Betway Ghana said they had taken notice of messages circulating on social media and other online platforms in regards to them offering its customers an unlimited account balance to bet.According to Betway Ghana, their free bets are system generated and only inform players of such free bets through their inboxes on the betting platform.Below is the statement:Betway Ghana wishes to draw the attention of our players to the circulation of hyperlinks and messages on social media and other media channels that are sending our players supposed ‘balance hacks’ and Free Bets.We want to inform our players who receive such messages or are being contacted by such persons to please ignore these messages, as they do not originate from Betway and are schemes intended to extort players. The perpetrators often reach out to individuals offering them a ‘hack’ that allows them to enjoy an unlimited account balance whilst requesting payments for this service. We have alerted the Gaming Commission and Security Agencies of such acts and we will continue to work together to protect the interest of our players.Betway continues to reward players through Free Bets, which are system generated, and only inform players of such Free Bets through their inboxes on the betting platform.Players who require clarification can call us on our hotline 0307033178. You can also contact us via @Betway_gh on Twitter and BetwayGH on Facebooklast_img read more